The Neuroscience minor provides students with an introduction to the foundations of neuroscience, a discipline which focuses on the study of the nervous system from a range of levels. Study of the nervous system is a relatively new discipline, and discoveries in this area have great promise to illuminate the roots of our mental experience, and to provide the tools to preserve and reverse the effects of injury and disease. While only one of several major organ systems in the body, the nervous system is very complicated and critical to our identity. Neuroscience is fundamentally interdisciplinary, and draws on techniques from diverse fields including biology, psychology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and philosophy. The courses included in the Neuroscience minor focus on the fundamentals of the biology and function of the nervous system. The minor is open to any major, and should be of interest to students with professional interests in the biomedical or health sciences. The courses included in the minor focus on the organization and function of the nervous system, from the specializations of single neurons and glia to the function of large networks of neurons which support movement, memory, emotion, and more.
Requirements for the Minor
|NSC-204||Principles of Neuroscience||1|
|300 level Elective|
|NSC-332||Research in Sensation and PerceptionyResearch in Sensation & Perception||0.5|
|or NSC-333||Research in Behavioral Neuroscience|
|Special Topics (when in Neuroscience)|
|Topics in Metaphys and Epistemology (Philosophy of Mind)|
|Sensation and Perception|
Additional Course Work
It is recommended that students interested in pursuing neuroscience at the graduate level also complete Organic Chemistry I (CHE 221). Additional coursework in physics and math may be considered. Students should consult with an advisor in Neuroscience on their particular paths.
NSC-204 Principles of Neuroscience
An introduction to the study of the nervous system, with a focus on basic anatomy and physiology. Students will learn about the basic organization of the nervous system, neurophysiology, sensory processing, movement, development, and neuroplasticity through a systems approach to brain function. Several laboratory experiences will be built into the course to reinforce the principles discussed in class. This course counts toward distribution credit in Natural Science and Mathematics. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Distribution: Natural Science/Mathematics
NSC-269 Topics in Metaphys and Epistemology
Seminar discussion of a topic or area in metaphysics or the theory of knowledge.Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
NSC-287 Special Problems
NSC-310 Special Topics
Various topics at the advanced level may be offered from time to time. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for topics and descriptions of current offerings.
NSC-332 Research in Sensation and PerceptionyResearch in Sensation & Perception
In this course, students will conduct experiments involving at least two sensory systems, obtaining experience with psychophysical experimental methods. Students will write complete APA-style scientific papers for each experiment, including a clearly stated hypothesis, a brief literature review, a clear explanation of the methodology, application of the proper statistical techniques, an analysis of how the results supported or failed to support the hypothesis, and an abstract summarizing the experimental findings. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: Prereq PSY-232
Distribution: Behavioral Science
NSC-333 Research in Behavioral Neuroscience
Students in this course will become involved with research in an area of behavioral neuroscience. The topic covered will reflect contemporary research issues in the field and may differ in different years. Major course components will be discussion of primary literature in neuroscience and collaboration with the professor in conducting and writing up an experiment that is directed toward possible publication. Recent topics have focused on memory and drug addiction, and how neural recordings are used to understand how information is encoded by the brain. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: PSY-233 or BIO-112
Distribution: Behavioral Science
NSC-400 Senior Capstone
Students will enroll in the fall semester of the senior year and meet with the instructors approximately once every two weeks for journal article discussions focused on seminal publications in neuroscience.